The French father-and-son team of Alexis and Pascal Loison made history by winning this year’s Rolex Fastnet Race.
While Royal the Ocean Racing Club’s premier offshore event has featured a doublehanded class for a long time, this is the first occasion in its 88-year history that the Rolex Fastnet Race has been won outright by a doublehanded crew.
Night And Day, the Loisin’s 33-foot JPK 1010 crossed the finish line off Plymouth Breakwater just shy of 7:20 a.m. local time on Thursday, with an elapsed time for the 611-mile course of 3 days 18 hours 29 minutes and 57 seconds.
Under IRC, their time corrected out to being 33 minutes and 17 seconds ahead of the second place yacht, another example of the French-built JPK 10.10, Noel Racine’s Foggy Dew.
“I think the boat is a good reason,” says father Alexis of why they won. “Plus, we sail together all the time and we have good tactical knowledge — our tactics were good all time. We made sure we slept well and we had good weather.”